2010 Byron ‘Monument’ Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley

This reserve bottling is fashioned from the best barrels of the vintage to produce a wine of layered complexity and ageworthiness. In the glass, it has a dark ruby hue. Fresh scents of dark flowers (dried rose petals?), a lively wet stone minerality, and rich layers of red and black fruits waft from the glass. Fully sleek and feminine in the mouth, it has a light, fine-grained tannic grip peeking through after mid-palate. Epitomizes refinement and elegance in a glass. Outstanding!
MSRP: $60 (August 2013)
Wine Lines rating: 93

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